Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Japanese Market Bag Tutorial

I was wandering around the internet and saw these lovely lightweight cloth bags for sale in Japan.  They are called azuma bukuro. I stared at them and folded paper for about a half an hour and then came up with a pattern. Then I found out that there are lots of tutorials out there to make them if you look around.

The original bags are lightweight fabric and are tied at the top for handles. I wanted to try a heavyweight fabric. So here's my version...

Here's the finished bag made from an upholstery fabric remnant and some printed cotton for the lining.

Happy Sewing! 



bri·co·lage noun \ˌbrē-kō-ˈläzh, ˌbri-\

Definition of BRICOLAGE

: construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas) achieved by using whatever comes to hand; also : something constructed in this way

French, from bricoler to putter about
First Known Use: 1964 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Two Vogue Patterns ~ The Curvy Closet Sewing Club

Things have been busy here at the Curvy Closet Sewing Club.

I made a sun hat which came out a little floppy. Kinda sporty, don't you think? I bought some heavier facing and will be making another one. ~ Vogue 8405

It's been inelegantly hot here this last week so I made this arctic fleece coat this morning because it was a cooling thought. I am ready for rain and cold mornings now. The fleece is wonderfully soft, it's like wearing a cashmere baby blanket. I'll most likely use it for an upscale slanket. It's the perfect thing for curling up with a cup of tea. The pattern was super simple. ~ Vogue 8930

It does look a little like a rhinoceros hide though.

In those days the Rhinoceros's skin fitted him quite tight. There were no wrinkles in it anywhere. He looked exactly like a Noah's Ark Rhinoceros, but of course much bigger. All the same, he had no manners then, and he has no manners now, and he never will have any manners.  

From How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin by Rudyard Kipling

So any chilly morning when I don't feel like having manners, I shall wear my coat and feel most sentimental.